Mungo MacCallum


Mungo MacCallum
Mungo MacCallum is a political journalist and commentator. His books include Run Johnny Run, Poll Dancing, and Punch and Judy. Visit his blog, The View from Billinudgel.



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Lies, damned lies, statistics and by-elections

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The long-awaited by-election for Kevin Rudd’s old seat of Griffith went pretty much as predicted: Terri Butler held it for Labor, but not without a tough and expensive fight and more than few anxious moments. The result, however, is being spun …

Another Royal Commission?

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Tony Abbott is taking his time before announcing his next campaign, which is to be a fully-fledged Royal Commission into the trades unions – their corruption, their violence, their bad table manners and their general Un-Australianness. We know …

Is Australia’s social welfare bill unsustainable?

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Australia’s social welfare bill is unsustainable. Everyone knows it, and what’s more it is going to get more unsustainable as the population ages and a smaller proportion are actually in the workforce and paying taxes. So clearly something …

A chook raffle for a navy lost at sea

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We are constantly being told that our defence forces are underfunded but this is ridiculous. It now looks as if we will have to run a few chook raffles to fund the purchase of a compass and set of charts for the Royal Australian Navy or at least a sextant …

A pariah on the world stage

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It is still not clear why Tony Abbott seems determined to trash Australia’s hard-won reputation as a good citizen of the world, but there can be no doubt that he no longer cares what our erstwhile friends and neighbours think of us – provided …

The Oz and the ABC

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In spite of the lavish praise from Tony Abbott’s bestie, the Australian’s foreign editor Greg Sheridan, it is now clear that our neophyte Prime Minister still has a lot to do before relations with Indonesia return to anything …

Everyone is out of step except our Tony

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You have to give it to Tony Abbott – he thinks big. Not satisfied with having put a wrecking ball through the relationship with Australia’s best friend in the neighbourhood, he has also set out to destroy Australia’s hard-won reputation …

Warren Truss and the Nats: Against the Grain(Corp sale)

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The National Party’s unobtrusive leader, Warren Truss, is not one for public posturing; on the rare occasions he breaks cover, he usually lives up to his name in trying to soothe and heal ruptures within the Coalition. So it is a surprise to see …

Bound by no conventions: Clive Palmer

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Tony Abbott was never looking forward to the recall of parliament, which is why he has put it off for as long as possible. In opposition, parliament was his natural habitat: he could treat it as an arena, a fighting ground where he could rant and bully, …

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